I did not know about WAGNER AND APEL (W & A) making these Hummel like children figurines until your query - so I am delighted to have gained this new knowledge which I am sure will also be helpful to many visitors to the site.Here is some background to Wagner & Apel (W & A):-See also W & A, Wagner and Apel Porcelain Ballerina Page Wagner & Apel (W & A), Porcelain Manufacturer, founded 1877 in Lippelsdorf, Thuringia, Germany The company went through various reconstructions - Porzellanmanufaktur Kuch & Co. Porzellanfiguren Lippelsdorf (1949 - 1990) and finally Porzellanmanufaktur Wagner & Apel G.m.b. (1990 to current day)Obviously the history of the W & A company reflects the tumultuous history of Europe in the 20th Century - the pre-WW2 period concentrated on the figures based upon the popular German story books of illustrators Hilla Peyk and Bertram, sculpted by German sculptor Eugen Dotterweich.Best regards Peter (admin) For all your German figures and figurines etc the only place you need to go, and although I have no connection to the site I have found it incredibly informative.Link: is a collectors site and is absolutely chock full of information on identifying and dating German, Bavarian, Bohemian etc porcelain. Mister Smifff=====================================Peter (admin) says:- I couldn't agree with you more.(1877 - 1883), Porzellanmanufaktur Wagner, Apel & Leube (1883 - 1901), Porzellanmanufaktur Wagner & Apel (1901 - 1948), V. In 1913, Wagner & Apel (W & A) employed 150 people and remained at about that number until the beginnings of the troubles of the war period in 1937.After the war, the town fell into the control of the Soviet block and the factory was nationalized.The moulds were transferred to , to ensure that Merkelbachs best selling pieces and the best known Jugendstil steins were still available. : Around the middle of the 19th Century, the pottery was producing primarily hand-made tableware for the household, drain pipes and technical vessels.
Sister Hummel's figurines were only launched by Goebel after 1935. We need an expert collectors knowledge (post any contributions in the comments section below)edit**Diana, you seem to be a naturally lucky antiquer. Please post comments below which you think might be helpful……I myself have 6 female figurines , 2 have colour on the others do not, which I purchased in East Berlin between 19,before the wall came down, which I believe to be W & A.I am wondering how and where I may get these valued, also I have 4 small boy figures which are flesh and white in colour Shirley==================================Further Comment by Peter (admin)Hi Shirley Well done for having such a nice collection of W & A. You can do it the free way by going to my page with helpful tips on how to value china antiques and vintage ware.His widow Toska Merkelbach (1854-1939) ran the factory until their sons became adults.
She enlarged the factory further and implemented new production techniques.
I was mistaking your description of the mark with the Arnart label with a crown - see above (this was probably a deliberate ploy by Arnart).